Shirley Cuillierrier, M.O.M. is an executive security and risk consultant who has been advising all levels of government and key influential community leaders for over three decades. Her expertise includes Indigenous rights, border security, human smuggling, national security, community and government engagement.
Shirley is a member of the Mohawk First Nations from Kanesatake and is a recently retired Assistant Commissioner with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Over the course of her career, her expertise ranged from executive protection, immigration, border and national security, and National Director of Emergency Management at Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. As the RCMP’s Officer in Charge of National Aboriginal Policing Services she was recognized for her achievements and was the first Canadian recipient of the “Indian (Indigenous) Country Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, 2007,” awarded by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Shirley was the recipient of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces for exceptional service and commitment to country; and, in October 2018, was the first Canadian police officer to receive the Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Person’s Case for mentoring women and advancing gender equality in policing.
In September 2019, the Government of Canada named Shirley as the Special Advisor to the Minister of Public Safety to combat human trafficking following a life-long commitment to ending domestic violence, including her work examining human rights abuses of women and girls.
Fluent in English and French, she has testified at several high profile House of Commons and Senate committee hearings on a variety of national and international public safety matters. As a result of several decades working with communities, governments and Indigenous leaders, she is a trusted and respected advisor that is called upon during community dialogue, tensions, conflicts and emergencies. Shirley contributes to successful outcomes by encouraging systemic solutions to complex challenges.
Shirley is working with the Critical Risk Team, bringing her unique and diversified expertise in strategic thinking, collaborative relationship building, partnership development, community advancement and government engagement skills. Clients will benefit from her significant service, contributions and achievements.